Friday, December 27, 2013

The Catholic Defender: Catholics Hold Fast

Christmas Day was full of great joy and peace for many people, my own family had a great Christmas celebration.

However, there are those who seek to carry on more attacks against the Catholic Faith.

The Catholic Church will always be the brunt of attacks by every conceivable enemy. 

For many this is a great sign that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Christ.

It will be hated around the world because they first hated the founder of the Church, Jesus Christ.

In Dallas, there is a Protestant Church that took the attack at a different level this year.

Here is an example coming from Facebook:

"The Gospel to Catholics
On Christmas Eve nine members of Grace Life Church of Dallas went to St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Plano to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The evangelism went well as our sovereign Lord directed us into several lengthy conversations. We witnessed from 4:45 until 6:15. One of our members preached the Gospel while Catholics were leaving the sacrifice of the Eucharist. The head priest came out, shook my wife's hand and asked her to leave. Jane tried to show him that we were giving away the Greatest News anyone could ever hear about the Greatest Gift they could ever receive according to Scripture alone. He said, I’ve seen it. Please stop. She said, Oh good, you already have one of our Gospel tracts, so you’ll read it? He turned and walked away. I went inside to talk to the assistant priest. After 15 minutes he was unable to reconcile God’s Word with his Catholic traditions so he asked me to call him next week for a meeting.

One man took a tract from me and asked "What are you doing here proselytizing members of our church?” I told him I was an ambassador of Jesus Christ delivering His true message of salvation. He said he was a Protestant who turned Catholic because of the early church fathers. I gave him a tract and asked him to call next week to get together for coffee. One guy wanted to know why we were doing this to people who already believe in Jesus. We told him the "Jesus" Catholics worship is another Christ and then spent 15 minutes explaining the differences. All in all, it was a successful outing with several challenging conversations. May God bring forth eternal life from the seed
s of HIs imperishable word that were sown in many hearts."

Here are some of the comments made by supporters:

Donna Ron Hessler Dear Mike Gendron I have RC family members, thank you! I went out with a friend on Christmas Eve & shared your tracts with many!
Leslie Sneddon Praise the Lord! Thank you faithful servants for your witness to the Lord of Heaven and earth. May the Truth of Christ prevail. RC's leave your religion and come to Jesus!
Ahava Araya Mike, That is really courageous of that assistant priest! ...........Not to mention you and your wife. He sounds like he might be ready to hear the real Gospel. Wow!

Tami Lohman What a blessing to those folks even if they may not yet realize it! Keep up the good fight Mike & Jane! God bless you!

Mike Gendron It seems every Catholic who responds on this page defends their position with the ongoing lie that Jesus founded the Roman Catholic Church. According to Scripture, He founded one church made up of born-again Christians whose names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20, Eph. 4:5, Heb. 12:23). The Roman Catholic Church officially and dogmatically went apostate at the Council of Trent and now condemns born-again Christians with its "infallible" dogmas.

What Mike Gendron does not share here is how quiet they became after Catholics like Paul Mathers, Craig Pryor, John J. Breslin and others  who quickly responded to this unprovoked attack.  

It was like the Protestants quickly left the building.

Interestingly, about the same time that Grace Life Church in Dallas was making their attack on Catholics, another attack was taking place a half a world away.  A young woman went running up through the crowd and jumped on the Altar of the Lord.

She had taken off her clothes and on her chest she had wrote in English that "I Am God".  She was quickly taken away, but her intent was to bring confusion and disruption.  Grace Life Church and this Feminist group interestingly joined together in spreading misleading information and cast attacks on the people of God.  They were not spreading Christmas cheer or good will but to go on a rant.

That is not the end of it but the beginning.  On Christmas Eve in the Middle East, several Catholic Churches were attacked and several parishioners were killed.

I spent a lot of time in Iraq (Middle East) and among the people.  How tragic this is to see this taking place throughout the Middle East. 

I served in the Republic of Korea beginning January 1998 and I chose the song "Be Not Afraid" as my anthem while I was deployed.  That song has always meant a great deal to me in times of stress and danger.

Here are the words to the song:

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.
Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow me, and
I will give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you through it all.

Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you!

 What a beautiful song that inspires us to hold fast to the teaching of Christ as we bear his image to the world.  Jesus said, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18).

St, Jude wrote,  "Beloved, although I was making every effort to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel a need to write to encourage you to contend for the faith that was once for all handed down to the holy ones". 

There is something that the bible states that ties the Grace Life Church, the radical Feminist, and the Muslim Terrorist together.  John 16:2 states, They shall put you out of the synagogues; but the hour is coming that every one who kills you will think to render service to God."

The vast majority of those who attack the Church will refuse to debate us on Blog Talk Radio to answer for their tracts and misrepresentations.  If they would debate they would be made responsible for their statements.


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